Guns in America/Guns in Israel/ In America, they are a right/In Israel, they are a Necessity/ More Gun Laws to ignore/ A better way
today at 3:38 pm
The featured photo accompanying this article will no doubt stir up some strong feelings but hang in there. Even the Lord sometimes used broken tools. Israelis view guns as a necessity while millions of Americans see them as a right. There is a sense in Israel that if people didn’t feel they needed those guns they wouldn’t carry them. In The U.S. millions of people feel entitled to carry and possess a gun. The fact of the matter is that Israel has had only one mass shooting since 2013 and their murder rate is minuscule compared to say the City of Chicago.
Some folks who are not involved in such things might find it interesting that in 2020 the Chicago Police Department confiscated over 10,000 guns resulting in over 6,600 gun-related arrests. Of those 6,600 arrests, only 2% of those offenders were given jail time or faced any accountability whatsoever. The rest were either sent home on home confinement, (in Chicago it’s not exactly rare that a person is victimized by an individual wearing an ankle bracelet) or released without charge. Repeat gun offenders in Cook County and most especially Chicago has bigger alumni than probably most of the Big Ten colleges combined.
I think it’s logical to think that a political party so intent on Gun Control and limiting the availability of guns in America would take a step back and look at the laws that are already in place and are for all practical purposes being ignored. Look no further than the Criminal Justice system in Cook County and especially Chicago. Will we have more laws both Federal and Local to be ignored? It’s estimated that there are some 375 million guns in the U.S. Each year in the past 10 years more and more guns are being sold. Last year over 23 million guns were sold across the U.S. a 65% increase over 2019. So far in 2021, an even great number have been sold over the same period last year. One of the hardest things gun enthusiasts are having a hard time buying is ammunition, there has been an acute shortage.
Common sense would dictate that if a country’s leadership really wants to make an effort to limit the number of guns and the availability of those who abuse them or possess them they would start with those who have already been arrested for criminal acts with guns. Keeping guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens has zero effect on criminals who flout the already-in-place gun laws on the books. Sensible background checks for future gun purchases are not abhorrent to most gun owners, age limits and who can legally purchase a gun are already in place. The big elephant in the room is the already 376 million guns that are available. By not punishing criminals and holding people accountable for crimes committed while armed all the GUN CONTROL in the world will continue to be fruitless. CRIMINALS DO NOT NOT CARE OR FOLLOW LAWS OF A DECENCY SOCIETY–
The following quote is from a very wise man in American history Thomas Paine–it stands today and it should resonate with politicians who are half-cocked when it comes to dealing with gun violence—Decent people will understand the common thug will not–TO ARGUE WITH A PERSON WHO HAS RENOUNCED THE AUTHORITY OF REASON, AND WHOSE PHILOSOPHY CONSISTS IN HOLDING HUMANITY IN CONTEMPT, IS LIKE ADMINISTERING MEDICINE TO THE DEAD OR ENDEAVORING TO CONVERT AN ATHEIST BY SCRIPTURE”. DROPPING CHARGES, HOME CONFINEMENT, AND NOT HOLDING CRIMINALS RESPONSIBLE OR ACCOUNTABLE FOR CRIMES COMMITTED WHILE ARMED IS LIKEN TO A DOG CHASING HIS TAIL.